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Shekou International Students Attend Harvard
Posted 08/23/2016 10:53AM
Two Shekou International School students attended summer school at Harvard University in Boston. Though they did not take the same classes, both had similar life-changing experiences. Grade 11 student, Anna Duan who has been at SIS since grade 6, said the experience has helped to shape her future career path while at the same time made her realistic. Her summer school classes helped her realize that she needs to think more about how she studies. Anna took two challenging courses at Harvard, Boston Architecture and Sustainable Product Design. Both courses are part of the Harvard curriculum but also open to summer school students. In her class of around 30 students, graduate, undergraduate and high school summer school attendees all were held to the same high standards.
"The IB program will definitely better prepare me for college courses. I see similarities between college courses and IB classes." Anna explained that it took her some time to understand what each professor expected. Anna was so inspired by her Sustainable Product Design professor who holds 7 patents and worked for major corporations that she is now considering this as her future career. "I thought I was going to study architecture but now I am really interested in sustainable product design."
Anna believes the experience she gained in applying to Harvard will help her when the time comes to apply to universities. "The application process was rigorous and time consuming but in the long run, I think it will help me when I apply to universities." Anna is not ruling out Harvard but wants to get through the IB program first. Anna recommends the program to those who want to get perspective on their future careers. "It was a great experience but you are expected to come in already knowing how to survive. You are in classes with Harvard undergraduates and graduates and there is a lot of work, including essay writing.
(Anna @Harvard Campus)
Virginia Li, grade 11, also attended Harvard summer school. Virginia has been an SIS Gecko since pre-school. Though she left for a few years at the end of elementary school, Virginia returned for high school in grade 9. Virginia joined Harvard's media department taking Advanced Screenwriting and Directing. Virginia wrote and directed two films and 3 theatre pieces over the 7 week course. She even had the opportunity to direct professional actors and other course members. "It was intimidating at first but the other people in the class were so supportive and caring that I felt comfortable. It was a really cool experience that helped me find my passion." Prior to attending Harvard, Virginia had her heart set on studying art or design.
(Virginia @Harvard Campus)
"I had brilliant professors that were very accomplished. One even has a film called Liv that is about to premier. There was a lot of self-discipline required but I found what I wanted to do with my future so it didn't seem like a lot of work. It was really an amazing adventure."
Virginia received an A- in both her classes and said SIS prepared her for the experience with the work ethic needed at SIS and the stress management techniques she learned. Virginia is even considering using her new found passion and skills for CAS which is a requirement in the IB program by making an SIS school video.
(Virginia on the right)
Both Anna and Virginia loved the Harvard campus and the multiple libraries scattered throughout and recommend this experience to other students who want to reach a bit out of their comfort zone and see what they can accomplish. The experience was well worth the effort both emphasized.
Anna and Virginia are both grade 11 IB Diploma candidates who are looking forward to the challenges and rewards of the program. Well done!